A Rambler Steals Home (Hardcover)

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PRE-ORDER CARTER'S BOOK HERE BY ADDING TO THE CART, BEING SURE TO INDICATE IF YOU WANT YOUR BOOK PERSONALIZED, AND TO WHOM.  WE WILL HAVE CARTER SIGN & PERSONALIZE THEM UPON PUB DATE (2/28/17)   IF YOU ARE LOCAL, BE SURE TO COME TO THE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY AT THE STORE MARCH 4TH AT 4PM.

 Terrific debut by local talent Carter Higgins, this middle grade novel sings with warmth, quirk and charm.  Baseball, snackshops, summer, mystery and friendship tie this tale together along with its set of interesting characters Derby, Triple, and Marcus.  A real winner!

— Maureen Palacios

Description


Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.
 
Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.
 

About the Author


Carter Higgins is an elementary school librarian, book blogger, and former graphic designer. A Rambler Steals Home is her debut novel. She lives in Southern California.

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"This story is about as feel-good as they come, with new friendships grounded on old ones, poignant adolescent growth, and insights into family stories."
—Bulletin

"...readers will easily connect with the story’s reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home."
—Publishers Weekly

"Vibrant, engaging Derby and her descriptive firstperson narrative, full of lively and poignant touches, are compelling and affecting... A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans."
—Booklist

"Fans of quiet, nostalgic stories about team spirit should enjoy this debut effort."
—Kirkus


Product Details
ISBN: 9780544602014
ISBN-10: 0544602013
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English

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